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- from $2,666 PP
- 7 Nights
- Apr - Oct
- 2.5hrs from London / 10hrs from NYC
This 8-days, 7-nights tour through Poland reveals the country’s Jewish heritage, beginning in Warsaw where you’ll take a private sightseeing tour of its Jewish-related landmarks. Journey to Lublin, known as the “Jewish Oxford,” to explore its Old Town and the Majdanek Museum, a memorial museum and former concentration camp. Tour city of Rzeszow and then travel to Krakow to tour the Krakow Memorial Trail and a symbol of the Holocaust, Auschwitz where you’ll get in-depth look at its haunting history with an expert guide. Your trip concludes with a visit to the Lodz Ghetto Area and Cemetery and return to Warsaw.
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- 7 nights 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation, staying on a bed and breakfast basis
- Private airport departure and arrival transfers
- Private transfers throughout as detailed on the itinerary
- Private guided tours
- Warsaw sightseeing tour
- Private tour of Lublin
- Private Rzeszow tour
- Memory Trail tour in Krakow
- Auschwitz tour
- Lodz Getto Area and Cemetery
- Expert trip planning advice
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Warsaw: Arrival Into Warsaw Chopin Airport
Begin your tour in Warsaw where you’ll be welcomed into Warsaw Chopin Airport by your private driver for transfer to your hotel in the city. Poland’s capital is its economic, cultural and political hub, home to intriguing museums, diverse and spectacular architecture, and impressive castles. After getting settled into your accommodation, you’ll have the remainder of the day to yourself. As you’ll be exploring sites related to Jewish heritage tomorrow you may want to explore the Royal Castle, Mostowski Palace of the Presidential Palace before heading to one of the many restaurants to sample the tasty local cuisine.
Day 2 Warsaw: Sightseeing Tour
Follow your expert guide for a tour of the sights in Warsaw, visiting the Old Town and landmarks connected to Jewish heritage, like the Monument of the Ghetto Heroes, commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during the Second World War that took place in 1943, and the Nozyk Synagogue. The synagogue is the only surviving prewar Jewish house of prayer in the city, built around the turn of the 20th-century and restored following World War II. It’s still active and currently houses the Warsaw Jewish Commune. You’ll visit the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery too, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe and in the world.
Day 3 Lublin: Private Lublin Tour
Leaving Warsaw, your private driver will bring you to your accommodation in Lublin, but first you’ll enjoy a tour of “The Jewish Oxford.” A leading center of Jewish scholarship in the past, that came to an end during World War II, but there are still traces to be found. Explore a memorial museum and former concentration camp, the Majdanek Museum where more than 79,000 died and then head to the Old Town to marvel at the Krakow Gate, the 13th-century Dominican church and monastery, and the Town Hall. You’ll see Poland’s oldest remaining Jewish cemetery and Lublin Castle too.
Day 4 Krakow: Private Rzeszow Tour
Setting out for Krakow with your private driver/guide today, you’ll stop in the city of Rzeszow. In the 15th century, Jewish began to settle here, with the population growing steadily until the Second World War. On September 6, 1939, the first German bombs fell, and just four days later it was occupied by the Germany Army. Jews began fleeing toward the east in an attempt to escape, but of the 15,000 original Jews here, just 100 managed to survive the war. Today it’s a commercial hub that boasts a picturesque cobbled town square and neo-gothic architecture. After touring, you’ll continue to your Krakow hotel.
Day 5 Krakow: Memory Trail Tour
Join your guide for a private half-day tour of the Memory Trail, including visits to three branches of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, some of the most important places connected to Jewish heritage. You’ll Oskar Schindler’s Factory, which now serves as a museum showcasing the city’s history during Nazi times, including the story of Schindler which inspired Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List.” You’ll see a place of execution in Pomorska Street, and Under the Eagle, the ghetto of Podgorze’s only pharmacy, and a contact point for Jews living there. You’ll also drive by a former Nazi labour camp, Schindler’s house and glazery.
Day 6 Krakow: Auschwitz Tour
Today you’ll visit a symbol of the Holocaust: Auschwitz. The Nazi’s largest extermination camp, from the spring of 1942 through the fall of 1944, trains brought Jews to gas chambers here from across Nazi-occupied Europe. A tour provides a rather sobering look at the place where the most genocide occurred. It includes Auschwitz I’s brick-mortar barracks and the vast area of the large extermination camp at Auschwitz II, as well as the Holocaust Museum. You’ll join an Auschwitz guide for a shared group tour for a portion of your visit. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy dinner at a Jewish restaurant near the Old Synagogue.
Day 7 Warsaw: Lodz Ghetto Area and Cemetery
Private transfer will bring you from Krakow to Warsaw today, which will include a sightseeing tour along the way. You’ll visit the Ghetto area and cemetery in Lodz, where Jews began settling in the late 18th-century. Prior to World War II, the Jewish population numbered around 233,000 as Europe’s second largest Jewish community. While many fled with the outbreak of the war, some 45,000 died in the ghetto, and the over 76,000 that remained were deported to Auschwitz. Less than 900 remained when it was liberated in 1945. After your tour, you’ll continue to your accommodation in Warsaw.
Day 8 Departure Day
Your memorable tour through the Jewish Heritage of Poland comes to an end this morning. Get you bags packed and ready as you’ll take private transfer back to Warsaw Chopin Airport, beginning your journey home. If you have time and would like to see more of Europe, or head elsewhere, be sure to reach out to our travel experts.
What's not Included
- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
- Gratuities for local guides
- We strongly advise all guests to purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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